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  • New Data Shows USCIS Is Increasing Denial Rates for H-1B Visas

    With the Trump administration cracking down on the way H-1B visas are handled, there has been a substantial increase in legitimate applications being denied, delayed, and rejected. Lawyers from across the country say this crackdown is breaking laws and snarling applicants in red tape. According to a report from Reuters, the Trump administration is delaying and denying more H-1B visa applications ...
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  • Important Reporting Requirements for STEM OPT Students

    If you are participating in a STEM OPT program, you must keep track of the following important reporting requirements in order to maintain your F-1 status: Regularly check in with your DSO to validate Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) information and report changes made to your Form I-983, “Training Plan for STEM OPT Students.” Every 6 months, you must confirm that your SEVIS ...
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  • Barr Makes Significant Changes to Immigration Courts

    After being confirmed as the new U.S. Attorney General, William Barr has set his sights on making substantial changes to immigration courts. Under Barr, the Justice Department is set to issue new rule changes that will make it easier for appellate immigration judges to declare their rulings binding on the entire immigration system. Among the changes was expanding the use of single-judge, cursory ...
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  • Leader of Militia Detaining Migrants at the Border Arrested by FBI

    Larry Mitchell Hopkins, the leader of the United Constitutional Patriots (UCP), was recently arrested by the FBI just days after video was released showing the group holding migrants near the U.S border against their will. Hopkins was arrested in New Mexico on charges of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. In 2017, the FBI discovered weapons at Hopkins’s residence after the ...
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  • USCIS Reaches Statutory Limit of H-1B Cap Cases for Fiscal Year 2020

    On April 10, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated regular cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption for fiscal year (FY) 2020. After completing the random selection process for the regular cap, USCIS also determined that it has received a number of petitions projected as sufficient to meet the 20,000 H-1B ...
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  • USCIS reaches the H-1B Regular Cap for FY 2020

    U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on Friday, April 5, 2019 that they have received sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap for fiscal year 2020. The agency will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that are not prohibited multiple filings. The fiscal year begins October 1, 2019 ...
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  • How to Avoid the I-751 Interview

    Going into a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office for your I-751 interview can be terrifying, to say the least. Since the stakes are extremely high, making a mistake could mean that you or your partner’s conditional resident’s status could be in jeopardy. Fortunately, it is possible to have the interview waived and obtain approval for the I-751 petition, as long as USCIS believes the ...
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  • How to Find an H-1B Visa Sponsor

    If you wish to work in the United States, you need to obtain a work visa. The most common type of work visa is the H-1B visa . An H-1B visa allows U.S. companies and/or organizations to hire immigrant workers in a specialty line of work (e.g. lawyers, engineers, architects, computer programmers, business executives, etc.). In order to file a petition for this type of work visa, you must have a job ...
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  • Premium Processing for FY 2020 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

    Premium processing will be offered in a two-phased approach during the FY 2020 H-1B cap season so USCIS can best manage the premium processing requests without fully suspending it as in previous years. The first phase will include FY 2020 cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting a change of status and the second phase will include all other FY 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions. Starting April 1, FY ...
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  • USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

    USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions. If you received a request for evidence (RFE) for a pending petition, you should include the RFE response with the premium processing request. When an H-1B petitioner properly requests the agency’s premium processing service, USCIS guarantees a 15-day processing time. If we do not take certain adjudicative action ...
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  • DHS Tightens Rules to Detect Child Marriage

    Although the latest immigration news reports have focused on national security matters, especially after President Trump declared a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern U.S. border, the Department of Homeland Security announced new rules to track child marriages through immigration. Currently, federal immigration laws do not establish a minimum age requirement for an ...
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  • FY 2020 H-1B Cap Season Begins on April 1, 2019

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept new H-1B petitions subject to the annual quota for fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) starting April 1, 2019. The H-1B employment visa is reserved for temporary professional workers filling specialty occupations, which require at least a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in a field directly relevant to the job. The H-1B employment visa is ...
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  • USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Filed on or before Dec. 21, 2018

    USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, Feb. 19, for all H-1B petitions filed on or before Dec. 21, 2018. If you received a transfer notice for a pending H-1B petition, and you are requesting premium processing service, you must submit the premium processing request to the service center now handling the petition. You should also include a copy of the transfer notice with your premium ...
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  • USCIS Extends Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

    On August 28, 2018, USCIS announced that they will be extending the previously announced suspension of premium processing for H-1B quota petitions and that the suspension of premium processing will also be expanded to include other H-1B petitions. Importantly, the expanded temporary suspension will apply to ALL H-1B petitions filed at the Vermont and California Service Centers (except for those ...
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  • Alternatives to H-1B Visa

    H-1B Quota (FY 2019) USCIS received 190,098 H-1B Quota petitions for the fiscal year 2019 in the first week of April 2018. On April 11, 2018, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select enough petitions to meet the 65,000 general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the Master’s Cap exemption. As USCIS will issue about 85,000 H-1B visas under the FY-2019 H-1B ...
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